Nick Rowe has won his third race of the double-round weekend in the 2017 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship season opener at Sandown Raceway in Victoria.
The winner of today’s earlier Race Two was electric again in the Sunday finale, and was the only driver to set a 1:24 lap time in treacherous conditions.
Rowe won ahead of yesterday’s Round One winner Liam Lawson, with the two race wins on Sunday securing Round Two honours for Rowe – who scored his and AGI Sport’s first career round win at Sydney Motorsport Park last year.
“Good day at the office. Had a great car, we just missed it in the first race but the car was faultless in race two and race three,” Rowe said.
“We stuffed up the start there in race three, starting from sixth and dropping back to about eighth. At turn one I though ‘oh well, we’ll try and win the race and see how we go.’ Passed four cars there and just put my head down, was in second and then just did my best to catch Liam.”
Rowe was enthusiastic about the weekend’s racing, but likewise was beaming from the pace delivered by his AGI Sport racer.
“We just had mega car speed there. The boys that were the main challenge for the day were behind us. We were able to get a clean run and get out of there,” Rowe said.
“This is it, this is the year hopefully. I can’t thank AGI sport enough for the awesome car. Hopefully I can bring home the championship for them.”
Lawson, who is Australian Formula 4’s first New Zealand racer, was thrilled by the racing he experienced in highly mixed conditions this weekend.
“Yesterday was dry and we made the most of that. We were really quick yesterday. But today in the wet struggled to beat Nick, but I’ve learnt a lot; I’ve managed to run in wet and dry conditions now,” Lawson said.
“That last race, Nick, I could see him closing. I knew I wasn’t going to hold him off for the whole race, but I tried for as long as I could. Still a good result.”
Aaron Love, brother of last year’s third place championship driver Jordan Love, impressed in the Sunday finale with a weekend best result of third place ahead of fellow rookie Ryan Suhle. The result securing fifth overall for the West Australian Formula 4 debutant.
“It was really slippery out there; had to work really hard to keep it on track. That’s all I really had to do, and just chase down Ryan Suhle and just hope for the best,” Love said.
“I learnt a lot about the cars and how they handle in different types of weather and how to make the most of how they work.”
CAMS Foundation Rising Star Cameron Shields enjoyed a more positive Round Two after a difficult season opener on Saturday, with fifth in the Sunday finale enough to secure third for the round.
“It was certainly pretty hectic. A bit of a disappointing start to the first round and also qualifying; didn’t quite make it out for qualifying two for the second round,” Shields said.
“Started off the back row of the grid for the races today. Managed to push through and had some really good results.
“Bit of a tough day yesterday, but managed to to get up to the front and score some really valuable points for the championship.”
In the overall points, after two rounds, New Zealander Liam Lawson is the Championship leader heading into Round Three with 122 points.
West Australian Nick Rowe will be looking forward to his first Formula 4 home race at Barbagallo Raceway next month and chase a 10 point deficit to Lawson with 112 points.
Despite a difficult Sunday, Zagame Autosport’s Ryan Suhle is the top placed CAMS Foundation Rising Star and is the leader in the Burson Auto Parts Rookie of the Year standings in third overall with 65 points, followed by Aaron Love in sixth overall and Jordan Mazzaroli in eighth.
Round Three for the 2017 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship next heads to Barbagallo, in Australian Formula 4’s first ever visit to Western Australia. Supporting the Supercars Perth SuperSprint, Formula 4 will go racing in less than a month’s time from 5–7 May.
Provisional Race Three Results
1. Nick Rowe – AGI Sport
2. Liam Lawson – Team BRM +3.3638
3. Aaron Love – Team BRM +18.9782
4. Ryan Suhle – Zagame Autosport +21.1676
5. Cameron Shields – Team BRM +21.6280
6. Harley Haber – AGI Sport +22.5088
7. Zane Morse – Team BRM +22.7388
8. Josh Denton – Team BRM +27.7401
9. Tyler Everingham – JRD +28.8974
10. Simon Fallon – Team BRM +34.8127
11. Sage Murdoch – AGI Sport +56.9653
12. Jordan Mazzaroli – JRD – DNF
13. Zak Best – AGI Sport – DNF
Round Two Results
1. Nick Rowe – AGI Sport: 65
2. Liam Lawson – Team BRM: 61
3. Cameron Shields – Team BRM: 43
4. Harley Haber – AGI Sport: 28
5. Aaron Love – Team BRM: 24
6. Zak Best – AGI Sport: 22
7. Ryan Suhle – Zagame Autosport: 20
8. Zane Morse – Team BRM: 16
9. Jordan Mazzaroli – JRD: 10
10. Josh Denton – Team BRM: 8
11. Tyler Everingham – Zagame Autosport: 4
12. Sage Murdoch – AGI Sport: 2
13. Simon Fallon – Team BRM: 1
Overall Points After Round Two
1. Liam Lawson – Team BRM: 122
2. Nick Rowe – AGI Sport: 112
3. Ryan Suhle – Zagame Autosport: 65
4. Cameron Shields – Team BRM: 61
5. Josh Denton – Team BRM: 57
6. Aaron Love – Team BRM: 38
7. Harley Haber – AGI Sport: 34
8. Jordan Mazzaroli – JRD: 32
9. Zak Best – AGI Sport: 26
10. Tyler Everingham – Zagame Autosport: 23
11. Zane Morse – Team BRM: 17
12. Simon Fallon – Team BRM: 17
13. Sage Murdoch – AGI Sport: 2